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Little Feat Live at Ultrasonic Studios on 1974-09-19

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Little Feat Live at Ultrasonic Studios on 1974-09-19

Topics Live concert

1: Rock n' Roll Doctor
2: Two Trains
3: The Fan
4: On Your Way Down
5: Spanish Moon >
6: Skin It Back >
7: Fat Man In The Bath Tub
8: Oh Atlanta
9: Willin'

1 - Rock n' Roll Doctor
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - Two Trains
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - The Fan
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - On Your Way Down
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - Spanish Moon >
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
6 - Skin It Back >
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
7 - Fat Man In The Bath Tub
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
8 - Oh Atlanta
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Collection LittleFeat
Band/Artist Little Feat
Venue Ultrasonic Studios
Location Hempstead, NY

Source PRE-FM (Master 1/2 Track Broadcast RR) > Mastering (Custom Analog & Digital 10/04) > WAV
Lineage WAV > FLAC [7]
Taped by WLIR-FM
Transferred by (and mastering) Jim Blackwood & Dave LaRussa


FLAC and 1st seeding for on 10-11-04 by Jim Blackwood & Dave LaRussa

Note: This is a transfer from a 7 1/2 ips - 2-track master broadcast reel salvaged from WCMF-FM in 1978.

Transfered via a Studer A807 through the mastering desk.

This may be the only surviving PRE-FM tape of this performance.

Adios until next time,



Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2015
Subject: love it
GD isn't the only major band that has primo recordings on the archive. check out this Little Feat broadcast...great quality for a recording from 74. check out the percussive breakdown on Fat Man. Great guitar playing throughout (was that Lowell playing?? I know he was multi instrumentalist but regularly played the bass for Feat)
Reviewer: bernardogui - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2014
Subject: slower pitch
this version, the spotlight item , is a little bit too slow.You can hear that with Lowell's voice.
This is 1974 and it sounds like 1978 Lowell's voice.
No disturbance you can listen very nicely.
It's just not the real sound.
The pitch have been corrected on the other version,with a similar quality sound and completed show.Enjoy
Reviewer: duck man - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2012
Subject: video You Tube
Hi cheechw,
the additional tracks albeit in a slightly inferior quality are available from this very website. Check the date and you'll find a more complete rendition of the show

Reviewer: cheechw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2012
Subject: Missing Songs
Where are the other 3 songs? I have a version that has Cold Cold Cold > Dixie Chicken > Tripe Face Boogie medley after Willin'
Reviewer: rockadayjohnny - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2012
Subject: Feats Didn't Fail Me
Didn't ever see'em live. Were supposed to open for Dead 9/3/72 in Boulder, either missed'em or didn't show. Believe the latter, wasn't that impaired.But did get demo l.p. of 'Sail'in Shoes'in spring of '72 associated with local record store. Played it to death. This recording leaves no doubt that '70's didn't totally blow. Remastered catalogue is worth procuring.
Reviewer: therealwonderbrat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2012
Subject: always baffling!
I have recently formulated a list of those four rock bands that i would have loved to see on the peak of the powers (rest assured I have seen the Jesus Lizard play live various times, but alas I have not seen Pentangle).

The four bands would have been the Jimi Hendrix Experience circa 1967, Sly and the Family Stone in 1967 or 1968, the Talking Heads circa 1980 with Bernie Worrell and Dollette McDonald and Nona Hendryx. And Little Feat of course some time before the magnificent Bill Payne started taking his Keith-Emerson-spiel too seriously (that was probably by 1976/7), when drugs corroded Lowell George's leadership.
These recordings show one of the greatest rock#n#roll bands at their peak. All players masters of their game, a mercurial but one the spot interaction and excellent material (most of their songs written by them). You can only thank the prescient Frank Zappa to chuck them out of his band.
Spanish Moon oozing with the sensuality that makes men lose everything unless you have five other geezers with you on stage to act it out musically. I pawned my watch and I sold my ring just to hear that girl sing. Yeah, they did love music. You can tell when you listen to them. (And they were even more exciting when NOT accompanied by the venerable Tower-of-Power horn section.)
I bought Dixie Chicken on the first of september 1976, when fifteen years old. I have never regretted that investment. Thanks for posting this.
(If there is one criticism allowed, sometimes the presence of two excellent slide guitarists is overburdening. But they say that perfection has to be marred in order not to be mistaken for blasphemy.)
Reviewer: Speed Limit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2011
Subject: Nice!!!!!!
Very crisp clean recording, been hearing about these guys through the grapevine alot the past couple years, but this recording really opened up a door into their world that I am very excited to go through many times more in the near futre
Reviewer: TMac3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2011
Subject: Excellent Recording
Thank you Jim Blackwood & Dave LaRussa and the Archive. Little Feat is also one of my all time favorite bands. Hard to mess with perfection I guess.
Reviewer: folgerboy123 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2010
Subject: Turned On To Little Feat
I have only recently been enjoying the pleasures of this band. They quickly skyrocketed to the top of my list of most influencial bands. This is a phenominal recording. Phish recently covered "Waiting For Columbus" on the third night of their 2010 Halloween run in Atlantic City. They considered it a tribute to the recent passing of Feat Drummer Richie Haywood They teamed up with a horn section and as an added bonus, Giovani Hidalgo on percussion. They did a great job with the cover. I went out and bought the 'Waiting for Columbus' album after hearing it the cover. I love the atypical time signatures and rhythms this band brings to the table. Feat's Don't Fail Me Now!
Reviewer: Thedudeman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2010
Subject: GO TO CD!!!!
When I don't know what to play, I throw this on.

If it doesn't speak to you, there is something wrong with you. Just sayin.
Reviewer: easy jim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2009
Subject: Incredible!
Wonderful job with the post-work!
Reviewer: zinblumpt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2009
Subject: so very fine
what a great sound can't get enough.
Reviewer: Winsome_Holstein_Nebuula - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2009
Subject: This Is The Snot, Kids!
This is The One, Kids! The RnR Dr. here is the base track for the remixed version found on Hoy-Hoy, and this is THE Defintive version of The Fan - There IS none better.

This has all the snot, all the git down moist 'n meaty lewd serious jizz you know is the real Feat.

Back when parents were first worried about what kind of raw urgent sex power Rock n Roll had lurking in the soft white folds of cotton panties - this was the band they feared in their worst nightmares. Girls just seemd to LOVE to give it up for Little Feat. The viscous jams Feat kicked just got down into that primal horizontal mambo thang.

Down load this bucket o jam and git you some!
Reviewer: shiney mcshine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2008
Subject: this version of "The Fan"
The absolute best version of this song ever! I saw them 2X in the summer of '79, in San Diego and the Long Beach (or suburbs therein)
Reviewer: Dixiedog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2007
Subject: Benchmark Live Set
I had this set on vinyl in '75 and played it so much there's not much left of it now. It stood head and shoulders above the studio versions the band had recorded at the time, and i believe captured Lowell and the Band at the peak of their talent. The brass 'enhanced' versions from this session that appeared on 'Hoy Hoy' sound so fake they dont do the band any justice at all.Included here are the definitive versions of Allan Tousaint's 'On your way down' and 'Spanish Moon'- somewhere i look for every saturday night- let me know where it is- Well done the engineer for posting this on the web from the original master tape, thanks, and hat's off to you!.
Reviewer: thepipedog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2006
Subject: wow
Last time I saw The Feat was the fall of '78 at Sienna College. Won tickets on WRPI. Little did we know at the time it would all be over 10 months later.
Sort of a lie. I was standing in the lift line 2 years ago one March day at Killington and I said to my son, "sounds like a Little Feat cover band playing in the parking lot." Turns out it was them. . . .
Jim, don't know who you are but thanks!!!
Reviewer: markshan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2006
Subject: Worth it
I must say, in my limited experience with Internet Archive, my overall impression has been "Why bother with FLACs or SHNs to 'preserve' the sound of an audience recording that simply isn't that good to begin with?". Will the MP3 conversion really make a difference? This one, however, is a happy exception to the rule. I heard some people on here say that it is "near CD quality". I submit that it sounds much better than many commercial releases from the same era. My heartfelt thanks to the band (of course), Jim Blackwood & Dave LaRussa and especially to whoever it was at WCMF that did the nearly perfect mix that created the two track from which this was mastered. This show is in every way a true joy that I will listen to over and over.
Reviewer: St.Stephen71 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2006
Subject: Man
This is almost CD quality like sound and this band is insane
Reviewer: jamart - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2006
Subject: best of the best
Wow, simply one of the best downloads I've found on the archive. Everything is perfect!

Thanks to the Archive!
Reviewer: Dub Irie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2006
Subject: The concensus is...
that this show and this recording both ROCK and I don't need to explain, since everyone else here already has. The Hempstead recordings are the cream of the crop.
Reviewer: ByTor: King of the Ice and Snow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2006
This recording from this era makes it worth grabbing! Old cajun southern boogie at its best, even if it was recorded here in New York...
Reviewer: FatDoctor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2005
Subject: 30 years.....
It has been over 30 years since this recording was done and there hasn't been too many other bands to reach the level of southern funk that these cats brought on this night. They have a legacy as long as that last sentence.
Reviewer: hesterloli - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2005
Subject: Yah!!!
I was looking for the year Oh Atlanta was put on studio album and where did I end up? Here and whoa thanks for a new Little Feat.
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2005
Subject: So awesome!!!!!!
Damn, Little Feat were so f-ing great! This set is unbelievably perfect! I've always loved Little Feat, and to have found this show is just a HUGE find. Thank you so much!
Reviewer: Jania - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2005
Subject: Amazing
Outstanding performances and near-study quality audio. A fantastic set This is the best of the 15 or so shows I've gotten off Internet Archive, and I am very selective about what I download.
Reviewer: Net hick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: Excellent sound quality
There are a lot of great shows on this site but few of this sound quality. Download this and crank it up! The bass will shake the drywall - trust me.

I miss Lowell.
Reviewer: Mark Studden - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2005
Subject: Just fabulous.
Every hassle, from remembering my Compuserve user-Id 15 years ago when it was a stupid frigging number, to surviving Windows XP Service Pack 2, has been worth it. Today I downloaded this set from your wonderful archive. Good God it sounds great. Thankyou, so much.
Reviewer: TimdeXert - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2005
Subject: What a treat
I found this site today when I did a search for the very wonderful Electrif Lycanthrope on Google. I've had a copy on cassette for over 20 years and have always regarded it as just about the best live performance that I have heard from any band. So I am absolutely thrilled to have been able to download it and find the sound quality matching the original performance. Many thanks to Jim for for donating it and - wow - what a great discovery this site is!
Reviewer: St Lamvinus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2005
Subject: simply the best
Up until about 5 years ago I had a cassette of this copied from a friends scratchy vynil album, but I loved it. Over the past two years I've been trying to find a new copy and then I discovered these superb archives. I'm now the very happy owner of one of the best albums never commercially released.
The sound quality is clear and brilliant, far better than I ever remember it.
Reviewer: FrugalHorn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2005
Subject: Superb!!
This show was my introduction to the band. The band rocks. The sound quality is excellent.
A must listen to everybody. Tight! Groovy!! and spiced up by some tasty slide guitar playing.
Reviewer: Thanksgiving78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2005
Subject: Electrif Lycanthrope
This was available on a bootleg vinyl, called "Electrif Lycanthrope." Liner notes claimed that it was recorded at a wedding, but I see now that it was not. Quality here on the Archive is mo betta than I had on the LP, and not just because I don't have to listen to that nasty scratch flow by 33 1/3 times each minute. Owning that bootleg back in high school of course made me the most popular lad on campus, envied by blonde-maned quarterbacks, ambitious student council presidents and the punk whose daddy bought him a Trans Am for his 16th birthday. "The Fan" from this session is on "Hoy Hoy," available in finer record stores. Drawing on the cover of the boot looked a lot like what ended up being the cover of HoyHoy, so I always wondered if the boot was a semi-official release. I'll probably die without knowing, but hopefully not for a long long time.

Download this, and for the gods' sake, turn it up.
Reviewer: davmar77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2005
Subject: AT THEIR BEST !
some of the best playing i've heard from this band.worth it just for 'the fan'.the above copy is missing the encore medley as listed at the feat site and which is now available although not from a pre-fm source,currently being torrented at easy tree.
Reviewer: Boondoggler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2005
Subject: This is top drawer
I came to this site as a few friends mentioned it was a great site for getting good Dead shows. But so far, this is the best offering. Sound quality is insane. Jim, thanks for donating it!
Reviewer: phishyone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2005
Subject: AWESOME
You must download this set if you consider yourself any kind of Jam music fan simply amzing....Stop reading this sentence and go download it NOW!!!.
Reviewer: nightbirdflyin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2005
Subject: Outstanding recording
Way too short.
Better than studio recordings.
Wish I was there.
Reviewer: nightbirdflyin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2005
Subject: Outstanding recording
Way too short.
Better than studio recordings.
Wish I was there.
Reviewer: ving - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2005
Subject: Every Little Feat fan needs this recording
Sound is pristine. 10 stars!

Performance is soulful, soaring and way too short. I suspected it was a partial set and would love to hear anything else.

As one of the many who miss Lowell this is a very rare treat. Thank you.
Reviewer: redmiller1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: Thank You Very Much
Jim, I'm stunned. I've been a Little Feat fan for over 30 years. This is not only a great performance, but amazing audio quality. Certainly one of the best recordings in the entire Live Music Archive. Thank you so very much!
Reviewer: BkMitch69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: Lowell
Man I thought this was a commercial record when I heard it!! Awesome quality sound and recording.
Reviewer: baltopete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2005
Subject: Update on missing encore (?)
I recorded this on reel-to-reel from WLIR in '75 or '76, and Cold Cold Cold > Dixie Chicken > Tripe Face Boogie do end the show! Also on the version I taped, Oh Atlanta is after Rock and Roll Doctor, not near the end. This is a great show with superb quality except for the one fan who must have been screaming right into a microphone! As soon as I figure out how to get the missing songs on line, I'll do it.
Reviewer: Mudshark - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2004
Subject: Revelatory Set and Sound!
Been listening to Lowell-era Feat recordings since @ '81 and this may be the best show I've heard. Timeless stuff. Thanks to everyone involved for making this set available.
Reviewer: ProfessorWormbog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2004
Subject: Fat Feat
Agreed, I am glad I stumbled across this and the 4-10-04 recording also. Sound Quality is imaculate, crisp and clean. If you don't have any Little Feat, these two recordings are a must. Put on you Sailing Shoes.
Reviewer: glens - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2004
Subject: Outstanding in our Feat
I have had this from an alternate source for some time, and that version kicks every kind of ass. this is a most refreshing find, and thanks a million to those who shared!!!!!
Reviewer: kokomotion - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2004
Subject: Whadda Gem
..To stumble over such a recording of a concert from the Lowell years is delightful. Sound Quality is simply astonishing and you can hear a vigorous band with Lowells' vocals right on the spot - high energy - a band at its Lowell George Era peak.
Reviewer: drjoek - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2004
Subject: Thank You
I have had this on analog tape since it was first aired on "WLIR Garden City is the Radio Station" It is all but shot and to find it here load and clear makes me feel young again. My only quibble if I dare is that some little bit of stage patter has been edited out as when during Willin' Lowell goes to take a drink during the refrain he states that it was not bourbon in his glass but rather "moo juice" in this edit he just says OH. WLIR had such great concerts on Tuesday night if I remember correctly I used to tape them all the time( Guys like David Bromberg and Harry Chapin) and this one was one I held onto for a long time. Now I listen with a smile again
Reviewer: cardgamermanguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2004
Subject: WOWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is amazing. I can say with some certainty that this best recording quality of any Little Feat show I have heard. Great performance too.
Reviewer: freeformrich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2004
Subject: Thank you Lord!!!!!
One of the best performances by one of the greatest bands. Great sound quality, studio recording with a live audience. Must have for all Feat fans. Slide on Lowell!!! Long live Little Feat!!!
Reviewer: Broken Ladder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2004
Subject: October 12, 2004
As Jim hints at in the text, I have been the custodian of this tape since 1978, and am very glad to be freeing it to the world at this time, especially with this wonderful transfer. This has been my personal favorite Little Feat show for years running, and after hearing the transfer we did on Saturday, I was blown away! Detail and power in the performance only hinted at in previous tries. For those of you familiar with "Electrif Lycanthrope" you will be hearing this with fresh ears. For those fresh to the experience... enjoy!

addendum(10/19/04): The 45 minutes included here is all there was on the 7 inch tape. I've heard the "encores" mentioned and they don't seem to be from the same session. Any more clues?
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2004
Subject: nice upgrade
I've had a well worn cassette of this show for years. Nice to be able to download this gem and retire the tape. Little Feat in their prime here. Great set, hot playing and pristine recording job.
Reviewer: Jadedj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2004
Subject: Great Show!
This is the first show I have heard pre-1985 and think its GREAT! "On Your Way Down" into a fantastic "Spanish Moon"....these guys really had it tuned in-back then.

Sound quality was great, not perfect but good enough and great considering the set they played.
Reviewer: Evaporatus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2004
Subject: Great show!!
My favorite Lowell era show!! I judge all others to this one...

Sound is excellent, definitely an upgrade!

Thanks a million!!
Reviewer: giantarchivist - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2004
Subject: You have been waiting for this one!!
Another Ultrasonic studios session bound to be one of the largest downloads here at

Pre-FM half track master reel quality carefully mastered to perfection. Frankly, it is a better session then the 1973 set. Tighter and more refined.

Enjoy this gem that luckily ended up in our willin' hands in Tucson, AZ. :)
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